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Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute ( http://www.doemens.org ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.

Added by MaltyGoodness on 04-16-2007

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium cloudy yellow-orange. Lively white head which dissipates quickly. Taste is wheat, light fruit and lemon, weizen spicing; sour with citrus flavors interacting with carbonation. Light wheat in the middle and sour lemon finish. Refreshing flavor. A bit sour for me, but to style and I still enjoyed this well made weizen.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: After inspecting the bottle for a minute or two, and reading up on the historical information on the label, I became intrigued with this beer. A moderate pour revealed a hazy, pale golden color that produced a full, white head of over three fingers. Head stuck around for a decent amount of time before receding the a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S: Slightly phenolic aroma of banana, but mostly a grainy wheat scent with a hint of yeast. Very much like a relaxed hefeweizen, with an emphasis on the grain. Having never tried a Berliner-weisse, I was eager to taste it.

T: At first taste, it seemed as unassuming as your everyday hefe, but then right away a strong tartness kicked in that was not that evident in the nose. While many of these are traditionally served with syrup, I had no immediate access to the stuff, and frankly, wanted to taste the real character of the beer by itself. Phenolic character is minimal due to the overpowering tart flavor, which had a lemony zest to it that was actually quite enjoyable. Dry finish with a small lingering aftertaste of citrus.

M: Mostly a light-bodied, crisp beer that curled the tongue from carbonation and sourness. Still, the finish was easy-going and the mouthfeel was agreeable.

D: This one is a first for me, as I had read some about the style but had yet to try one. I found it to be primarily a weissbier with a kick, a sour punch to the palate that was most welcome. The lightness of character make for good drinkability, but the tartness may wear on the tastebuds after a while. Still, drinkable in its own right.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very pale murky straw. Stark white 1 inch head leaves to disk. Small bubbled lacing. Lots of yeast sediment at bottom of bottle.

S - Tart apple barnyard funk.

T - Taste matches smell with additional aspirin flavor.

M - Light bodied, more astringent and tart at finish than I would like.

D - Yum. Good stuff.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a dark yellow with a 3" viscous white head. Bubbles race to the surface of the beer with minimal lacing.

S- lemon, banana, some clove and spice.

T- tart lemon, cloves, banana, some acidity.

M- light body and high carbonation. Again some acidity yet a slight creaminess as well.

O- refreshing beer. Was expecting more tart or sourness, but very little is present.

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Photo of haazer
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer of Philly beer week.

A - A hazy golden brew, looks somewhat like apple juice. Steady stream of bubbles rising to top. No head remains or lacing.

S- Smells funky and a bit tart. There's a definite wheat characteristic of a hefeweizen. The funk and sour characteristic replaces the usual clove and banana.

T - Sweet and tart to start. A little bit of funky sneaks in, and a sour apple characteristic. The hefe quality is there in the aftertaste.

M - Crisp, clean and refreshing. Light bodied brew with ample carbonation.

O - A nice refreshing beer for a warm spring, or summer day. Reminds me of a sweet tart. I can see me getting into Berliner Weiss's.

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Photo of Premo88
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
(bottled on 11/15/13)

L: pale light yellow, cloudy at first but clears up quite a bit; 3/4-inch head of white foam that eats away quickly, like a gose head ... no stick or lace and in time, almost no collar and no skin; ALL yellow ... no amber, red, orange or anything else in it

S: sour grain ... lots of it; lemon

T: sour grain ... very tart, but there's a good grain foundation under there, and hints of very light sweetness peak through here and there; lemon, straw/hay; lots of lemon; mouth waters during aftertaste and a tart strawberry/rasberry flavor shows up for a tantalizing moment, then disappears

F: great carbonation, relatively light ... has a strong, sound bottle-conditioned feel

O: tart, lemony, at times outright sour ... it's what I expected in my first shot at this style. it's got that classic chase-the-dragon thing going where you taste almost all sour but just a hint of sweet, then as time passes after a drink, your mouth starts watering and you instinctively start reaching for another sip to quench your thirst and look for more of that tantalizing sweet. more of a summer/hot weather style (and it's chilly out), but I needed a break from big hops and big stouts, and this is doing the trick

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Light golden with a thick 2 finger head that sits for a while. Thick lacing.

S: Wheat stand out with citrus elements of lemon and orange. Some floral esters, too.

T: A "get your attention" Weissbier. Wheat and lemons meet a floral finish. I feel like I'm in Germany.

M: Medium to heavy with medium to thick carbonation. The carbonation pulls it all together for me. Let it dance on your tongue for a while.

O: Glad I got to try this German surprise. Nicely done, Professor Briem.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a nonic.

A = Translucent haze of golden hue with a spritzy white head that forms large but quickly becomes a solid ring of medium bubbles around edge of glass and one small island in the middle on the surface.

S = Fresh wheat grain, lemon zest, white wine vinegar.

T = Lemon juice, tinged with vinegar, but accompanied by a sweeter syrupy flavor that balances it somewhat making it clearly a sour beer but one that doesn't cause you to pucker up uncontrollably after each sip.

M = Medium body, mouthcoating could be a little more, the same spritziness in the carbonation that I noticed in the head is also present in the mouth. It foams a little bit upon entering the mouth and has a popping, stinging quality to it, but that ends pretty quickly for a smoother feel as it goes down.

D = This is an enjoyable beer and would make a great beer to enjoy on a hot afternoon, but it is a bit more than one would want to drink a lot of at a sitting.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle obtained on trade (thanks, gmr75!), 2009 vintage with Brett added, poured into my The Lost Abbey teku glass, drank 05/03/2014 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - yellow-golden coloration, becomes more murky as reaching the bottom of the glass (as reagitating the yeast/wheat), sprtizy white head is initially very effervescent, reagitates on swirling but eventually and settles into a fine glass lacing persisting throughout the session, small carbonation bubbles just pouring off the bottom of the glass; small alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - the predominant aromas is lactic acid with some musty Brett character - most likely Brett c.; no hop aroma; wish that the aroma was more pungent

T: 14/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a mild-to-moderate Berliner weisse sourness - some lactic puckering; in the middle of the mouth, there Brett character emerges - earthy, woody and musty; no detectable alcohol; finishes dry and inviting of subsequent sips

M: 4/5 - light bodied and high effervescent carbonation classic for style; really nice dry, crisp finish that doesn't linger

O: 8/10 - classic Berliner weisse with added character from the Brett - just wish that it was a little bit more sour; however, I prefer this to the non-Brett version, which I find to be overrated and has been surpassed by several American breweries

TOTAL = 37/50

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with a creamy bone white head that rose quickly and fell just as fast. Settled to a thin layer of foam. Some delicate lines of lace.

The aroma is of damp hay, tart citrus and prickly barnyard funk. Fairly straightforward, as expected, since the bottle boasts as such.

On the palate, tart citrus bats leadoff with clean, damp wheat mid-palate. The carbonation is high, lifting this beer off your palate and leaving some manure/barnyard funk and tart citrus behind in the finish.

Light bodied, crisp, dry, and refreshing. Perfect on a warm day.

This is a classic, true to form example of the style. Personally, I like my Berliner-weisse to be a little smoother and not so high in carbonation.

Solid example of the style. One that everyone should try.

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Photo of drseamus
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: I left the yeast in the bottle, so the beer in the glass was a crystal clear golden color with tons of visible carbonation topped with a thin pure white head.

S: Wheaty somewhat tart aroma. A touch of banana in there also.

T: Very wheaty flavor with a slight edge of tartness. I've had tarter Berlinerwiess beers before and this doesn't require any syrups at all. There are notes of apple and banana also.

M: Medium light bodied. It would be very light bodied except for the wheat's influence.

D: This is a good beer and I know this is supposed to the one of the quintessential beers of the style, but I've had better.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw color with a big white fizzy head. Lemon and white wine notes are right upfront in the aroma. Slightly sweet with some maltiness in the background.

On the palate its a mix of tart and sweet. Not overly sour but a nice bit of lemony pucker and healthy dose of juicy fruit sweetness alongside. Light in the body and quite refreshing. Overall, a nice slightly tart Beliner that makes for a nice quick sour fix without palate busting kick out of other sour styles.

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Photo of Reiksguard
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rated from a bottle conditioned 500ml poured into a pint glass (didn't have the appropriate glassware).

Poured a hazy light gold with a very deep head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose of the beer was mild at best - perhaps some buttery notes. The taste and mouthfeel were very good. I would classify it as a mildly sour beer with a good pale ale base. Minimal hop flavor.

Overall, a very good beer - something I would drink more than one of in a night.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with little visible carbonation. The head is about two fingers high fluffy white head. Excellent head retention and quite a bit of lacing.

S: Aromas of funky sourness with hints of grapefruit, lemon, and apple. A very clean aroma.

T: The flavors are sour up front followed by citrus and grapefruit notes. There is a nice balance and complexity to the flavors. Quite refreshing.

M: Light bodied with a moderate to high amounts of carbonation. It could easily be described as fresh, crisp, and effervescent.

O: One of my favorite styles of beer, would have been interesting to sample this with the red and green syrups as well as on it's own like I did when I was in Berlin last fall. Very refreshing and very sessionable, easy to drink in the cold or in the heat. Would easily pair with lots of different foods.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Chilled bottle poured into my Allagash tulip glass. Bottle opened with a bit of a gush, most of which hit the glass.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow in color and plenty cloudy. The final pour leaves a bit of yeast at the bottom of the glass. Big, fizzy head that recedes pretty quickly.

Aroma: Lemon zest definitely establishes itself upfront. Herbal and grassy notes come through after that. Some nice barnyard and funk notes are in there as well. They get stronger as this warms too.

Taste: A slight lacto sour kick hits at first, but quickly subsides. This is not at all mouth puckering. Big funk and earth tones show through. Pretty nice balance all around, but I definitely could use a bit more sour.

Mouthfeel: Really crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated all around and light bodied. Slightly dry finish.

Overall, a nice enjoyable berliner weisse and definitely a great example of the style. Plenty of funk and barnyard notes throughout and a nice dry finish. Refreshing, but I think more time in the bottle could help this become more tart.

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Photo of ATPete
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours a clear yellow color with a medium sized fluffy pure white head. A light tartness, notes of toasty wheat and a Smarties candy sweetness. Crisp with a mild sourness of lemon skin and a very delicate spice note, an aged hop bitterness rounds and balances. Clean and refreshing, a very good, highly drinkable example of the style.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale straw color with a decent white head that fizzes away rather quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S- Musty aroma, tart, bready wheat, bananas and peaches. Smells sour and kind of like a Hefe.

T- Bready flavour that is turns into a tart lemon sour. Could not pick up any malts or hops.

M- Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation

D- For a sour beer, this is pretty easy to drink but still not one that I have all the time.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a weizen glass.

pours a clear golden yellow with massive carbonation leading to a huge white head that dissipates quickly to very little. throughout the experience bubbles were racing up the side of my glass. smells of fresh lemon and some grass. the grass isn't very palpable, but it's there. the zest of the lemon is very prominent and overpowers anything else that might be there. there is a tartness to the aroma that is very faint. taste is of tart lemons throughout, no real noticeable wheat in the flavor at all. there's a dryness to the finish that wasn't really my cup of tea. this is a very light bodied beer with a crispness to it that makes it very drinkable and refreshing. very worthwhile and i would happily drink it again.

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Photo of Roguer
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reasonable-sized, fizzy white head, quickly fading away to nothingness. Brew is a cloudy, nearly opaque light yellow.

Aroma is milky, chalky, rustic, slightly tart - a classic Berliner Weisse aroma, and all that entails. Straw and a musty barn; light lemons; slightly sweet yeast.

Flavor follows: this one definitely leans toward more traditional Weiss profiles, nearly bordering on Wit, with a heavy emphasis on wheat, yeast, and a slightly spicy touch. At the same time, it's fairly tart up front, which gives way to a light sweetness fairly easily.

Finish is very similar to a Wit, without the traditional dose of Belgian spices. What sets it apart in terms of flavor is that tart, citric punch up front.

Thick wheat, lively mouthfeel; it's not a beer you really have to sip, but it's much thicker than I would typically expect for a "refreshing" beer style. Cloying finish.

Rated to style, I would say this is an excellent Berliner Weisse (no syrup required). Rated for overall enjoyment, this remains a style near the bottom of my list, but this is a pretty darned tasty example, nonetheless

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL poured into a large snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange body that starts with a head and in a blink it's gone. No lacing. Nothing. Just some active bubbling. Looks kinda like Fanta.

Smell - Citrusy aromas of lemon and orange with a base of wheat and grains. A light tartness to the scent.

Taste - The tartness is not intense, but it's the dominant flavor. I can see why syrup is added to it. It would add a layer of complexity and perhaps take the edge off of the tartness. The tartness is a citric acid sort of flavor. Very good flavor for a hot afternoon.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, despite the lack of a head. Dry finish that makes it feel lighter. If it weren't for the tartness, it would be going down very easily.

Overall - A style I wouldn't drink year-round. But it's nice when I'm hot and thirsty. An intriguing twist on what malt and yeast can become.

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Photo of kkipple
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So 1809 just landed in our fair state and I simply knew I had to take a crack at it... interestingly, the word "Weihenstephan" is nowhere to be seen on the label, instead this says it was brewed by "Dr. Fritz Briem, Munich". Hmm... oh well, time to pop this and see what's up. A new Berliner Weiss is always welcome. Wish I knew how old this was, though.

Pours a snappy, fat, 3 finger white head. Sea-foam, rocky, dense, soapy... pretty and lively, but dies fast. Eventually nothing is left, no lace, no nuthin'. The brew is a dirty, unfiltered pale yellow-brown. Some chunks of yeast fall immediately to the bottom of my glass and there's a decent amount of sludge left in the bottle. Okay.

Smell is quite sharp and lactic-sour, and takes a while to open up. Eventually -- well, yeah, it's still lactic-sour. Lots of dry lemon going on, some wheat, a hint of DMS, banana, starch, no hops, very little sweetness present. You don't smell beer like this very often. It's not wild, rather the opposite - quite clean and man-made.

Taste is fully sour. A puckering wallop greets you on first sip, but lessens as your tongue gets used to it. The sourness here crowds out most everything else -- the overall impression is good, if you like this sort of thing -- but I do wish there was a little more nuance let through the lemon-lactic barricade. Wheat is quite noticeable. Very low malt sweetness, almost delivers a salty quality. Refreshing in a way.

Mouthfeel is thin, but the explosive, full carbonation masks that. Lingering sour-wheat finish sticks around after you've sipped this.

Not terribly drinkable, the one 500ml bottle was enough for me. A pretty good, and intense, example of the style, but the sourness is a bit much and hurts the brew overall for my tastes. Recommended to round out your beer experience, if nothing else. I will revisit this.

*** re-reviewed Dec 2010 ***

Clear this time, no yeasty sediment if you pour it proper. Less sour than the first bottle, marvelous mouthfeel. Quite nice with a dash of real Woodruff syrup. Bumping taste up from 3.5 to 4.0. Total score goes from 3.7 to 3.85. This is a very nice example of the style when you get a good one. Would love to try fresh, age can't help this any way that I can think of. Bottle date would be very welcome.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with a huge white head. There is a fair amount of residual lacing. Lots of spice up front with a good amount of yeast taste also. A really drinkable version of the style.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split into a 12oz tulip.

Pours a mild yellow, though reveals a good brown note. Mild fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly.

Nose is very dry. Like sniffing a dry chardonnay. Earthy notes, a bit of citrus on the edges with a sour/funk that reminds me of cutting into an unripe lemon. Or grapefruit for that matter.

Light, mild citrus notes. Mild spice character. Lingering sweetness, though mild. Did I say the flavors presented are mild? Big bite in the front, but after that resides, the "weisse" part takes over.

Clean finish, crispness and a fizzy mouthfeel. An experience.

A testament to the style and a fine example of what it should be, although, it is rather bland and lifeless. If you could consider this to be the "banner bearer" of berliner weisse, then I can see plenty of room for which this style could grow. Regardless, an excellent summer style and beer.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this on a tip from another beer site and after I reported seeing it, I decided to try it out as a new one on me. It poured well into hazy golden orange cloud in my bodum insulated glass which produced the scents of hops and grapefruit.

My first taste through the generous head started with a light cream that went bitter and then stopped with a tart snappiness. It was interesting to try this as it could be good palate clearing light ale. One of the other reviewers noted the sour elements which I also came across as I drank this further.

As for its long term drinkability, I do not think this would be an all night kind of beer, but would be better suited to getting used to first.

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Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got two pours out of the 16.9 oz bottle. The first yielded a crystal clear straw color with more than two fingers of fizzy head that quickly receded into nothingness. The second pour yielded a cloudy color (due to the bottling yeast on the bottom) and the same head as the first pour.

The nose had only slight yeasty notes along with the essence of lemons. The body and flavor profile are quite light and highlighted by a touch of lemon.

This would make for an excellent summer drink, but it's really not my preferred style.

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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